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Psalm 106English Standard Version (ESV)

Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good

106 Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
    or declare all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times!

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
    help me when you save them,[a]
that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory with your inheritance.

Both we and our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe
    and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed his words;
    they sang his praise.

13 But they soon forgot his works;
    they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
    and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,
    but sent a wasting disease among them.

16 When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
    and covered the company of Abiram.
18 Fire also broke out in their company;
    the flame burned up the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb
    and worshiped a metal image.
20 They exchanged the glory of God[b]
    for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their Savior,
    who had done great things in Egypt,
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
    having no faith in his promise.
25 They murmured in their tents,
    and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
    scattering them among the lands.

28 Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
    and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted to him as righteousness
    from generation to generation forever.

32 They angered him at the waters of Meribah,
    and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33 for they made his spirit bitter,[c]
    and he spoke rashly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the peoples,
    as the Lord commanded them,
35 but they mixed with the nations
    and learned to do as they did.
36 They served their idols,
    which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
38 they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,
    and played the whore in their deeds.

40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;
41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them,
    and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
    but they were rebellious in their purposes
    and were brought low through their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
    when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant,
    and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitied
    by all those who held them captive.

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
    and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!”
    Praise the Lord!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 106:4 Or Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you show to your people; help me with your salvation
  2. Psalm 106:20 Hebrew exchanged their glory
  3. Psalm 106:33 Or they rebelled against God's Spirit
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 106The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 106

Praise the Eternal!
    Thank Him because He is good
    and His loyal love will never end.
Who could find words to tell of the Eternal’s mighty deeds
    or give Him all the praise He deserves?
Blessed are those who work for justice,
    who always do what they know to be right!

Remember me, O Eternal One, when You show kindness to Your people;
    don’t forget me when You are saving them.
That way I can know how good it is to be Your chosen people;
    that way I can celebrate the joy of Your nation;
    that way I can join those who belong to You in unending praise.

Psalm 106 was composed during the exile offering a historical review of the ways God’s people rebelled against Him. It is a fitting closure to Book Four of Psalms. After this liturgy of failure on the part of the people, the psalmist cries out in thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness and in the final verse proclaims praise “from everlasting to everlasting.”

Like our ancestors, we have sinned;
    we have done wicked things.
When our ancestors were leaving Egypt,
    they did not consider Your marvelous acts.
They forgot Your overwhelming kindness to them
    and instead rebelled at the Red Sea.[a]
Nevertheless, God saved them for the honor of His name
    so He could show His power to the world.
He gave the order, and the waters of the Red Sea dried up,
    and He led the people across the sea floor as though it were the wilderness.
10 That’s how He liberated them from their enemies
    and rescued them from the hand of their oppressors.
11 After that the sea surged and covered their foes,
    and every one of them drowned in its waters.
12 When God’s people saw what He did, they believed what He said
    and they sang praises to Him.

13 But it didn’t take long for them to forget what He had done.
    They moved on without waiting for His instructions,
14 So our ancestors became very hungry in the wilderness
    and the rabble grumbled and complained, testing God’s patience in the desert.
15 Although He granted their request,
    He also sent a disease that caused them to waste away.

16 While they were camped in the desert, some began to be jealous of Moses
    and Aaron, the holy priest of the Eternal.
17 The earth opened up, and a deep fissure swallowed Dathan
    and buried Abiram’s group.
18 A blaze ignited where they were gathered;
    the fire consumed the wicked mob.

19 The people made a golden calf in Horeb
    and bowed to worship an image they had made.
20 They traded the glory of God
    for the likeness of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot about God, their True Savior,
    who had done great things for them in Egypt—
22 Miracles in the land of Ham
    and amazing deeds at the Red Sea.
23 Therefore, He declared in His anger that He would wipe them away.
    If Moses, His chosen one,
Had not pleaded for the people,
    His anger would have destroyed them.

24 At the edge of the beautiful land God had promised them,
    they didn’t trust His words, so they refused to enter.
25 They complained when they were gathered in their tents;
    they ignored the voice of the Eternal.
26 Because of their attitude, He swore,
    “I’ll leave you where you fall in the desert.
27 I’ll scatter your children—whoever is left
    throughout the nations all over the earth.”

28 Then they aligned themselves with the god of Peor,
    and they ate sacrifices that had been made to lifeless gods.
29 Through their actions, they stirred up His anger,
    and a plague broke out in their midst.
30 Then Phinehas took a stand and intervened,
    so the plague was stopped.
31 And God saw what he did and considered him righteous,
    a man to be honored by all generations forever.

32 Again they stirred up His anger at the waters of Meribah,
    and serious trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 Because they stood against the Spirit,
    Moses spoke rashly with them.

34 Later, after they entered the promised land, they did not eradicate the peoples,
    as the Eternal had ordered them to do,
35 But they mixed and married with the outsider nations,
    adopted their practices,
36 And worshiped their idols,
    which entrapped them.
37 They even offered their sons
    and daughters as sacrifices to the demons.
38 The promised land was corrupted by the innocent blood
    they offered to the idols of Canaan,
The blood of their very own sons and daughters.
39 They became impure because of their unfaithful works;
    by their actions, they prostituted themselves to other gods.

40 Therefore the Eternal’s anger was ignited against His people;
    He came to despise the people of His inheritance.
41 So He handed them over to the control of foreign nations,
    to be ruled by people who hated them.
42 Their enemies exploited them, victimized them,
    and restrained them by abusive power.
43 He delivered them over and over again;
    however, they were slow to learn and deliberately rebelled.
    Their sins humbled them and nearly destroyed them.
44 Nevertheless, He saw their great struggle, took pity on them,
    and heard their prayers;
45 He did not forget His covenant promises to them
    but reversed their fortune and released them from their punishment
    because of His loyal love.
46 He changed the hearts of all who held them captive
    so that they would show compassion on them.

47 Save us, O Eternal One our God,
    and gather us who are scattered among all the nations,
That we may give thanks to Your holy name
    and celebrate Your amazing greatness with praise.

48 Blessed be the Eternal, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
And let everyone say, “Amen!”
    Praise the Eternal!

Footnotes:

  1. 106:7 Literally, Sea of Reeds
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